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Brian Setzer Gets Shakin’ in New Song

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With a new album on the way called Rockabilly Riot: All Original (Aug. 12), the great Brian Setzer dropped an advanced track that is a perfect representation of his electric 1950s-inspired sound.

“Let’s Shake” clocks in at 3:29 and is pure rockabilly, with hand claps, a jangly pace and a searing Setzer guitar solo.

Speaking of guitar solos, Setzer recently shared his favorite one with Time.

“We could talk all day about that, but the best guitar solo, the one that changed everything for me, was in ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula,’” he told the magazine.  “I was in a punk rock club in New York. I was underage, 17 or so, so it must have been ’79 or ’78. The music was all punk rock and New Wave was just starting, but I heard ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ come on and it was like a hand came across the room and grabbed me and said, ‘Listen to this!’ That guitar solo was half twangy, half rock ‘n’ roll. It made no kind of sense, but all kind of sense. It had it all. It had beautiful finger-picking, it had single string; it was musical, but it was rock ‘n’ roll. That guitar solo has them all beat.”

Stream the audio for “Let’s Shake” below and just try to stay in your seat.

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Ted Sablay on his Gretsch Guitars

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The Killers touring guitarist Ted Sablay sat down with Gretsch to discuss how he got into playing guitar and what led him to Gretsch.

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Watch Rokia Traoré Perform Three Songs on KEXP

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Malian musician Rokia Traoré has gained international acclaim with her latest album Beautiful Africa, a collection of rock-infused tracks that recall the type of music that first inspired her.

And during a trip through North America, Traoré stopped into Seattle’s KEXP studios to play a few new songs, including “Sarama,” which is a praise song to Malian women partly sung in English, and “Kèlè Mandi.”

Watch the entire performance after the jump and visit her official website for more information. (more…)

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Jack White Unleashes Scorching Video for ‘Lazaretto’

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Jack White GretschJack White’s highly-anticipated sophomore solo album Lazaretto is less than a week from its release date (June 10), but he’s already furnished fans three of the new songs.

And if the audio taste isn’t enough for White enthusiasts, the prolific songwriter recently dropped a visual in the form of a music video for the record’s title track.

The black-and-white clip for “Lazaretto” is perfect for the song’s machine-gun pacing, with shots of glass breaking, a bull stomping and a car burning some serious rubber. Throughout, White stabs at his guitar and snarls into the microphone, matching the aggressive scenes around him.

Check out the video below.

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Fall Out Boy Conclude Young Blood Chronicles

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Since February 2013, Fall Out Boy has been releasing one music video at a time in support of Save Rock and Roll as part of an ongoing series titled The Young Blood Chronicles.

The Chronicles, which featured appearances from album collaborators Courtney Love, Big Sean and Foxes, as well as cameos from 2 Chainz and Tommy Lee, tell the story of a famous band that goes to Hell and back, wrestling with fame, fortune, drugs and zombie strippers along the way.

The band unveiled the final two chapters of their epic music video series Wednesday night with vignettes for “Miss Missing You” and “Save Rock and Roll,” the latter of which stars Elton John.

Watch the videos below, which feature singer Patrick Stump on his signature Gretsch Stump-O-Matic and guitarist Joe Trohman rocking a Gretsch White Falcon.